Each year, I write a New Year’s Eve post, recapping the previous year. But, this isn’t just any New Year’s Eve post, this is the TENTH ANNIVERSARY of Creative Infrastructure! I have posted far less frequently the last couple of years, coincident with accepting my current position as Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Cal State LA, and also, I think, because blogging just isn’t so much of a thing anymore.
The blog has afforded me the opportunity to work through a lot of ideas related to the arts and entrepreneurship. Now those ideas are synthesized into a collection of essays, Creative Infrastructures: Artists, Money, and Entrepreneurial Action, which will be available as an e-book from my publisher, Intellect Books, before the end of 2021.
As I have for nine of the last ten years, I recap some Creative Infrastructure stats:
- Readership in 2020 was about even with 2019, at just under 10,000 reads
- There were 6700 unique users
- Most of those were from the US, but Canada and the UK were second and third
- I only posted eight times this year (including this post) as opposed to 24 posts in 2019 when I made my online course, Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship, available here for free
- The most popular topic continues to be, for the third year in a row, a definition of arts incubators and related posts; it is gratifying that the research that consumed five years of my life from 2010-2015 is still of use – or at least of interest. The “Donut Post” on unpaid internships, still remains the single most read post overall.
I hope 2021 will bring an end to the pandemic and with it a recognition that community action is actually more effective at increasing individual well-being than the pursuit of individual interests.
With gratitude to my readership, I wish you all a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!